Coed y Bryn Bed and Breakfast in Cardigan

A number of short to medium walks around the Teifi marshes and further south to Cilgerran returning via a walk along the Teifi valley.

The first one off is a circular walk that is approximately 5.5 - 6 miles long and suitable for moderately fit walkers. It's partly along tarmac roads and partly dedicated footpaths. Total time for the walk is approx. 4 hours but that doesn't include stop offs. I always prefer to spend the entire day doing this walk as there are plenty of places along the way to relax and enjoy the flora / fauna and wildlife (and don't forget the stunning Cilgerran Castle that sits atop the Cilgerran gorge overlooking the river Teifi).

After having a great breakfast at Coed y Bryn
Bed and Breakfast in Cardigan, leave the property and head up Tenby Road (cul de sac) to the gate at the top of the road. Go through the gate, over the bypass and cross a stile immediately opposite. There's a gate opposite (usually left open) that will take you slightly right and down a wooded path. Don't turn left as this will take you down to a private residence.

Continue down the path for approx. 300 mtrs and you'll arrive at another gate. This is waypoint 'A' - Turning left here will take you on another walk which I'll describe later.

So, through the gate and straight on for 100 mtrs and through another set of gates. You are now on the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve and the marshes are on the left. From here on keep your eyes open for wild red and Sika deer that occasionally cross the path to feed in the marsh. A little further along and a small footpath running off left will take you to the Otter hide where you can have a pleasant sit down on the benches and watch the wildlife. Continue on the footpath for approx. 300 mtrs where you will arrive at a tarmac road.

WayPoint B - This is the access roadway from Cilgerran to the Welsh Wildlife Centre and was the old 'Cardi Bach' railway line that originally served Cardigan. The line was closed when Lord Beeching wielded his axe in the early sixties and decimated some of the prettiest railway lines in the UK.

You now have a choice of walks. Either turn right and take the tarmac road (for approx 1.2 miles) or go straight across the road and up a small driveway and past Rhiwlas cottage. If you decide on the road there's still plenty of interesting wildlife along there. As you walk south keep an eye out on the fields either side as you may well see the wild deer talked about earlier.

During early mornings and late evenings from mid September to late November you will hear the red stags roaring to one another and may even catch the occasional eerie call of the Sika, whistling out their alarm calls. The small fields on the left are left to grow wild and are never stocked with domestic farm animals. None have gates on the entrances so you can pop your head into the fields and have a look around without a problem (You can thank a keen 'wildlife sympathetic' landowner who owns Fforest Farm for this privilege).

Continue passed the entrance to Fforest Farm on the left and keep watching the open fields on the right (opposite). Finally you will arrive at a junction with a public road and at this point turn left towards Cilgerran village.

If you decide on the footpath it will take you along the same route which runs parallel to the road as far as Fforest farm. This is by far the prettier route and it will take you through part of the farm (Not a working farm anymore by the way).

Either route will take you through to the pretty village of Cilgerran which is an ideal stop off point to take time out to visit the remains of Cigerran Castle.

Back to the walk……

After leaving the castle bear right along Church street until you arrive at a right hand junction (500 mtrs). Bear right and follow the road for approx 120 mtrs until you arrive at a lane forking left. (This is the original entrance lane to Fforest farm which you would have come along if you chose the footpath route rather than the old railway line). Keep straight on along the road for a further 150 mtrs and you'll find a public footpath waypoint marker on the left, follow the path and proceed along an open field hedgerow (on your right). At the end of the field follow the path through the wood for around 300 mtrs. The trees here are absolutely magnificent and the marked path meanders through the woodland to the other side where you come out with open fields to the left (behind Fforest farm camp site). Continue along the path (for circa 1.2 miles). Eventually you'll start dropping down into the Teifi gorge and from here you'll continue along the valley floor immediately next to the river Teifi.

You will pass the old slate quarries on your left and the remains of a slate built dock wall from the 18th century. All the slate that built most of Cardigan's buildings (and a few other villages in the locale) were all mined from this quarry and shipped down to Cardigan in lighter barges. As time progressed, the river silted up from the waste and the quarry's end was nigh.

At the end of the trail you'll arrive at a viewpoint looking over the river. Here is a good place to stop off and have a break. Look down river and watch the large amount of marine bird life that exists here. It's a very tranquil spot and some picnic tables have been provided for your enjoyment.

Back to the walk…….

Leaving the viewpoint, walk directly away from the river. The path forks and taking either route (the left fork will take you past the stunning oak and glass wildlife centre) continue on for around 400 mtrs and you'll arrive at the wildlife reserve car park. You are now back at the tarmac access road (the old railway line) so continue past the car park for around 200 mtrs where you will arrive at waypoint B and the path back to Coed y Bryn Bed and Breakfast. This walk (subject to exact route taken is approximately 5.5 miles)

An alternative route……..

At the car park turn right through the gate and proceed along the path / old railway line. Along the path you'll find observation hides on the right and left overlooking the estuary and marshes so take a bit of time out to enjoy the wildlife. Continue along the path until you are close to the Cardigan bypass road bridge. Just before the bridge there is a path off to the left that runs along the marsh margins. Follow the path for approx. 800 mtrs where you will arrive back at Waypoint A. Turn right through the gate and you will be back on the path that started you on this walk and only a short 500 mtrs to Coed y Bryn Bed and Breakfast in Cardigan.

And so the journey has been done…..

Next off……

1) Unlace the hiking boots and pull off……….
2) Take a lovely hot relaxing shower…………
3) Crash out on one of our lovely comfy beds and grab 40 winks……
4) Get dressed in relaxing evening wear…………….
5) Head out for a well earned evening meal in one of Cardigan's relaxing pubs or restaurants……….
6) Head back to Coed y Bryn Bed and Breakfast in Cardigan and have a great night's relaxing sleep before taking up the next challenge tomorrow…….

Great hiking…….

The end to a great day out and one to remember……………

Copyright of Godfrey Evans and supplied by Coed y Bryn Bed and Breakfast in Cardigan for your walking pleasure.

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